By Amy Perry, Fort Lee Public Affairs
FORT LEE, Va. – Soldiers in the 92-Golf military occupational specialty now boast the name of culinary specialists rather than food service personnel.
The name change was celebrated during a title change recognition ceremony Oct. 29 at the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence. The name of the training facility also changed from Food Service Training Center to Joint Culinary Training Center. It is still dedicated as McLaughlin Hall.
Col. Darrell Duckworth, Quartermaster School chief of staff, spoke on behalf of Brig. Gen. Ronald Kirklin, Quartermaster General, and said it was a privilege to help recognize the military occupational specialty name change.
“We are honored to have you here with us as we commemorate a significant milestone in the Army’s history,” he said. “Today, we rename the Army food service 92-Golf military occupational specialty title from food service specialist to the new distinguished title of culinary specialist. This new title is effective across the entire Army and all culinary arts specialists – both past and present, as well as around the world – should celebrate this momentous occasion.
“This new title aligns the 92-Golf profession with our sister services and the civilian industry,” he continued. “It also exemplifies the transformation of our Army food service program that is second to none.”
Turning to the change in the facility name, Duckworth said he is proud of the joint service training happening there.
“This new name reflects the Department of Defense level of training the Joint Culinary Center of Excellence has been tasked to perform on a daily basis,” he said. “We stand on this culinary campus today shoulder-to-shoulder with our sister services to celebrate and recognize this milestone and also to reflect the true joint service training we conduct here on Fort Lee.”
Retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 Rufus Montgomery, Honorary Chief of the Regiment, Quartermaster Corps, was the guest speaker. He served in the Army from 1965-2003, primarily as a 92G after a short stint in the Vietnam War as an infantryman (paratrooper).
Montgomery said he received a call a few weeks ago about the military occupational specialty title change.
“Had I not been in church, I probably would have stood back and done the James Brown dance,” he said. “I was so happy. It had been a long time coming and it was music to my ears.
“The name change … is not magic,” he continued. “But it will help to assert this role … we are culinary specialists. The 92G military occupational specialty name change was a long time coming. It points to who we are now, who we have always been, and who we will always be … 92-Golf culinary specialists.”
The military occupational specialty change can be a source of pride for those serving in the career field, said Lt. Col. Damon Varnado, Joint Culinary Center of Excellence director.
“It is a great day for our 92-Golf culinary specialists serving in our great Army around the world,” he said. “We are very proud of the work by so many over the last three years to bring us where we are today to transition the military occupational specialty title from food service specialist to culinary specialist. It truly reflects the professionalism and pride of the military occupational specialty.”
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